Saturday, 22 September 2018

Marking organ’s 150th

THE magnificent ‘Father’ Willis Organ in The Concert Hall in Blagrave Street, Reading, has been celebrating

THE magnificent ‘Father’ Willis Organ in The Concert Hall in Blagrave Street, Reading, has been celebrating its 150th year with numerous events over the past few months.

These have included organ lessons for all, meet the organ sessions to learn about the history of the instrument and to delve deeper into the life of ‘Father’ Henry Willis, as well as sessions where youngsters and their parents made their own organ pipes.

There was also a performance in October of a specially commissioned work, written by Soosan Lolavar, to mark 150 years since the first concert on the organ was held.

The celebrations continue at 7.30pm on Saturday, May 9, when Reading Town Hall’s organ curator, William McVicker, performs a programme of fun music.

From overtures to The Pirates of Penzance, through Lloyd-Webber’s work about pussy cats to a rousing march by the astronomer Patrick Moore, it is a concert for all ages.



There is a free pre-concert talk at presented by Mr McVicker.

Tickets cost £13.50 (concessions £2 off, under-18s and schools £6) from 0118 960 6060.



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